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Old Jubilation - Avery Brewing Company

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Old JubilationOld Jubilation

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,546 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,546
Reviews: 780
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 52
Gots: 98 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Old Ale |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2002

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Photo of morimech
2.99/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown with a red tint. The head is minimal and had poor retention. Just spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt, chocolate, spice, citrus, and alcohol.

Taste: Dominated by the sweet malt. Some spice and hops are noted. Overall the taste is weak. Some alcohol warming is experienced.

Mouthfeel: Seems thin for a winter warmer. Carbonation is low.

Drinkability: A disapointment all around. No need to visit this beer again.

Photo of tapman
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a deep brown/dark violet tint. Head is easy to control and a careful pour yields a 1/2 to 1 finger head, though the consistency of the head itself is thick and creamy; off-white, thick bubbles dot the surface, a replenishing lacing persisting. Seems to be right in the middle for the style. Since WWs are generally mildly hopped, I'll put the not-too-large head to a lack of carbonation, which could be from a number of things.

Chocolate and crystal malts. There may be roasted barley, though it plays not second, but third fiddle to the other ingredients. Truly the crystal pervades in abundance. Hop/malt balance gives off aromas of grapefruit, dark cherry, malt (as in milkshakes), wine-like alcohol though not astringent which is pleasant, and light chocolate notes. Hops themselves are bready and I guess are Fuggle mixed with some other English hop. Very decent aroma, though very much bread, overpowering other aromas. Perhaps it mellows in the taste...

Butterscotch alcohol upfront, tart and very bitter. In the back is a ton of crystal malt and an almost overlooked chocolate malt quality. Gone is fruit and chocolate. Bread is there, though it transforms into a pumpernickel from a light wheat. I'm disappointed in the alcohol taste, though not bad for and 8% abv. Still, alcohol overpowers flavors previously found in the nose.

Consistency is fine, but a lack of carbonation bite waters it out a little.

A fine WW, but falls flat in a few key areas. To recap:

1) Alcohol more present than in the nose.

2) Lackluster mouthfeel.

3) Potentially great flavors masked by crystal malt and alcohol.

A few tweaks of this recipe would do it for me, but as it is I certainly appreciate this un-sweetened, un-spiced winter brew.

UPDATE! It is now 2010, 2 years after this review was written and here is my follow-up. Still very bitter. Great malt profile and maybe it is my age, but I don't mind the less than average carbonation and actually I think it fits the style pretty well, so I will change my mouthfeel score.

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a wonderful malt scent that boasts of burnt toffee and roasted malts. The taste is good as well. It is a very malty brew with a sweet crystal malt flavor up front and a roasted malt finsh. The 8% abv. is well hidden was just minimal warmth. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with perfect carbonation. This is a great winter warmer. It's rich and flavorful with that warmth you need for those cold winter days.

Photo of tonistruth
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- deep copper, 1 finger of off white foam, good retention and soapy/silky lacing

S- dark grain bread, chocolate, holiday spices, citric hops

T- dark chocolate, toasted chocolate malts, dark grain bread, rich chocolate flavors warming citrus at finish, hops come about with some warmth

M- medium with a warming hop felt finish

D- nicely balanced though hoppy for style (not complaining), a winter warmer for the hop loving crowd, worth a drink

Photo of JayQue
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color. Looks red when held to the light. Good size, slightly off white head that fades to a covering. Good lacing. Smell is sweet malts, a little spiciness and a little Belgian candy sugar.

The taste is fairly mild. Maltiness, mild sweetnees and a little spice (maybe cinnamon). The finish is a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and thin. Drinkability is a bout average.

I was not that impressed with this beer.

Photo of number1bum
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly reddish mahogany color, dark but still translucent when held to the light, with a rich and creamy light khaki colored head. Head retention is very good, leaving lots of stick too.'

Smell is sweet and malty for the most part, with hints of chocolate and a caramel or maybe toffee-like sweetness. There is a slightly fruity, somewhat earthy and musty hop aroma here too.

First taste is semi-sweet and malty, and as it coats the mouth flavors of chocolate and toffee really shine through. There is a nice roasty, somewhat nutty flavor, as well. Pretty complex and quite tasty. There is a little bit of hop bitterness and I'm thinking they are contributing a bit of flavor along the lines of an earthiness, as well.

Mouthfeel is on the hefty side of a medium body, good amount of carbonation, and pretty creamy.

Mmmm, yeah, I like this. I could drink a few more of these for sure. Never would guess it's 8% as it's hidden very well. This is a fine winter brew for a cold winter's night.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep amber/ copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg spices. In the taste, primarily cinnamon and nutmeg spices. A spicy bite in the mouthfeel and a semi dry cinnamon spice in the aftertaste. Big in cinnamon, very nice, yet nothing to out of the ordinary for a winter beer.

Photo of session1979
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served in my 2007 Strong Ale pint glass. Pours a dark ruby almost brown with a small beige head that held moderate retention.

Nose: Big malts, dark grains, mocha and a tinge of hop character.

Taste: Rich dark fruit and malts dominate the palate. Slighty sweet and well balanced with just a touch of hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Very nice.

Drinkability: A bit warming as it goes down but highly drinkable.

Overall: This is one the the premier winter warmers as far as I am concerned. A perfect balance of malt and hops, full of character and the robust taste you need this time of year. Excellent!

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown with a creme head that rises and falls just about as fast. Nice caramel laiden sweet nose. Flavor profile is nice. Nice smooth sweet tones with woody after edges to it. Smooth liquid feel and a biting carbonation. Very easy to drink. A nice winter warmer.

Photo of John1985
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ale pours a deep brown with a three quarters inch snow-cap head that laces down the mug. Aroma is of molasses and brown sugar- it reminds me of my Mom's Christmas cookies. Sweet malt flavor dominates with some plum like flavors. A light sting of hops balances with some warming alcohol on the finish. It has a substantial body which is appropriate for the style.

The ale despite its size slides down very easily and could result in an unintended nap. I really had to pace myself to make it through the playoff game.

Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this brew tonight and decided to give it a try, which IMO turned out to be a very good decision. The brew poured to a nice clear auburn color with a solid sized medium tan head that had good retention and left nice lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma was nice, sweet malt backbone with a nice hop presence that seemed to be floral giving a nice mix. Also a touch of alcohol is noticeable and welcome. The flavors are very good, malt really sticks out at first along with a warm feel from a nice alcohol taste. The finish is a mouth coating hop flavor that give a nice bittering spicy. Overall this is a nice brew, one I would get again. A great pickup tonight.

Photo of ruckzuck
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap last night. Good thing I had it when I did as it ran out later in the evening!

A - lovely red color, nice head

S - citrus, sweet, pine from hops

T - malty sweetness up front, a bit of hoppiness

M - medium bodied, smooth yet nicely carbonated

D - really enjoyable; too bad it wasn't a bid colder out last night for this winter warmer! I could definitely see hunkering down in the pub and rocking a few of these though; it wasn't available in bottles around here (hardly anything from Avery is it seems like) but I would've picked it up

Photo of stephendr
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. glass bottle- color of brownish red, with a tan colored head - nose of hops, dried vegetation, and red cherries – taste of hops, sweet, lime zest, alcohol, and syrup- body is medium, and robust , and with low carbonation – aftertaste of red fruit, citrus zest, and hops

Photo of albern
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice brown with a modest head, some retention and lacing. The beer is a tad bit cloudy with moderate carbonation. The smell is a bit molasses, some roasted hints, some chocolate or toffee, sweet malts also emerge. The taste is quite good and quite strong. You will find a medium body fruitiness on the front end that segues into more warming alcohol notes towards the finish. I'm detecting some heavy fruits, perhaps some fig, raisin, or apricot in the front. There is a butterscotch feel on the tongue that is pleasing as well. The beer does have a peppery snap and spiciness towards the finish and this is nicely balanced with the warming alcohol notes. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild, and the peppery snap evaporates leaving none of this in the aftertaste. A nice, strong, robust winter warmer that will keep you company in the cold months of January. Worth seeking out. L'Chaim.

Update January 2010: The beer is quite clear, not cloudy at all. There are ABV warming notes to the beer than I first reviewed. The beer is quite sweet too. I'm getting slightly less of the butterscotch on the tongue, a bit more ABV and sweet malts, some spiciness too.

Photo of woemad
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz pint at The Elk in Spokane for $4.25.

Dark brown color with an off-white head that left lots of lace.

The nose was malty and, especially, boozy, in a bourbon-y sort of way. Some spiciness was detectable as well, but the boozy scent was definitely the most dominant component of this beer's scent.

The taste started out with a dark fruit flavor reminiscent of prunes and raisins, then was joined by the warming alcohol noted above and a peppery spiciness. There was a mild dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Due to it's high abv and resultant "heat", this beer comes closer to truly being a winter warmer that any other beer I've had this season. For that reason, I'd probably decline several of them at a sitting. But as a night cap or a beer to revivify meself with after being out in the cold, I'd happily quaff this beer.

Photo of uwmgdman
2.37/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a fairly clear dark brown with nice amber highlights and a thin off-white head. The aroma is moderately malty; roasty, some dark fruit, fruity esters and a bit of alcohol. The flavor is rather sour; moderately malty-some roast and dark fruit. There is a also a bit of an alcohol bite and medium-low bitterness. The body and carbonation are medium. The overly sour nature of the beer leads to low drinkability. Overall I could not get past the sour flavor. I think the bottle may have been a bad one, but I’ve had old/oxidized beer before and that is not the case here. A disappointment from a brewery that has satisfied me in the past.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass

A – Poured a deep dark and hazy brown with a nice ruby colored tint coming through on the sides and bottom. A very nice three finger or more head of tan colored lace rose up across the top and stayed around for a good few minutes giving it a very full appearance and a very nice look overall. Some carbonation could be seen struggling to keep up on the sides of the glass.

S – The aroma was very sweet, full of tons of caramel and sugar with a very nice winter like smell to it. Hints of earthy roasted malts and nuts with a very much caramelized coating were readily apparent, as was a touch of alcohol on the back end of it. This was a very nice and richly warm tone coming off of it. Some slight hoppiness could be picked up as well but nothing to extravagant.

T – The flavor was wonderful, honestly just really well put together. The first thing to hit you was a wall of caramelized sugar taste mixed in with tons of earthy roasted malts and a really nice hint of nutmeg. This all rolled together very nicely and gave a very full complex flavor. Hints of a bourbon barrel like alcohol were also apparent but not too extreme. Just enough to let you know it could warm you up a bit if you needed it. Very smooth dry finish with a nice grassy sort of hop tinge to it. \

M – Very smooth and creamy, this medium bodied ale was just about perfect here. The carbonation kept it from feeling slimy or syrup like and provided that extra little bit of liveliness to keep it going. Very nice profile.

D – Almost as good as you can get as far as being a good sessionable winter beer. The flavors were sugary sweet and rich without being over the top. The abv was up there enough to let you know this was just a light lager, but mellowed enough to really be a fine session ale. Great carbonation and not an overall heavy feeling all added up to a really fantastic experience.

Overall this was easily my favorite of all the winter beers I have had so far this year. Almost perfectly created you really could not go wrong here. I would have gladly put down a few more of these, as they were just that good. A very solid offering and one that is sure to please. I would have to highly recommend this one.

Photo of Tilley4
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hell, yeah... Everything I look for in a winter warmer, this has got it.

Nice dark color, pretty head.. good lacing. Looks good.

Nice dark fruity aroma, smells very sweet.

Wonderful malty fruity taste. Not as sweet as I was expecting which is a good thing but definitely very malty. It's actually a very good balance of fruit/malt and right at the tail end, you get a kick of hops that bitters the finish up.

Best winter warmer yet. There are other seasonals that I like better, but for the style, this is it. Wish I had bought more than one bottle.

Photo of Risser09
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass - Served at cellar temp

Appearance: This ale pours dark brown in color with a light tan head that rises to about 1 inch. It doesn't have much of a shelf life and gives way to the beer below. Sticky lace gets left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Roasted malt, Sugary sweet, Plum, dark fruit, raisin, and pipe tobacco. Overripe cherries perhaps with chocolate.

Taste: Sugary and deeply malted. A slight hop bite, but everything else is malt dominant. Candied raisins, plum, beet, cherry, blood orange and fig. Lots of dark fruit. Alcohol makes itself known in the flavor and in the warming sensation.

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with plenty of sugar to go around. Quite a treat of candy. Alcohol is nice and warming down to the belly. Lingering bitterness, hops?

Drinkability: This is probably the best winter warmer I have ever had, and I'm not a big fan of the style. In fact, it's probably my least favoritre style. So for a beer like this to impress me, is seldom seen. Overall, thebest winter warmer I've had. Nice for Xmas Eve. Worth trying, and possibly aging, to calm the lingering bitterness. Will age my other bottle.

Photo of happygnome
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a clear brown color with about an inch of white head that dissapears kinda fast leaving a good amount of lacing
s: sweet toasted nut malts in the intial nose followed by a piny hop aroma that i find very inviting
t: toasted nut flavor followed by the sweet malts and hint of creamyness. Crisp with slight notes of pinny hop bitterness nicely balanced for style
m: medium to full bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation

Photo of GRPunk
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark red-brown beer with a 1-1/2 finger brownish head that left some good sticking to the side of the glass.

S- Malty and sweet. It had an almost overly fruity/medicinal aroma of something like cherry syrup.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. I picked up sweet cherries and spice with a light hop finish. It still slightly reminded me of a children's cough medicine.

M- Decent feel. It had a drying effect.

D- The drinkabiltiy really masks the 8% ABV.

Overall- Despite any critical remarks in my review, it's really a solid beer. For whatever reason, the flavor just didn't really do it for me.

Photo of Kendo
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: On-tap at the Lionheart in Albany. Body is dark amber with a bubbly off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind.

S: Not terribly strong on the nose, especially at first -- inhaling deeply I get a bit of fruity malt and some floral, spicy hops. As it warms I get more malt and a bit of alcohol.

T: Fruity malt early in the sip -- plums and raisins come to mind. There's a bit of spice and what I described as a "bite" to it, and it finishes somewhat hot from the alcohol. A bitterness sneaks in there from somewhere as a lingering aftertaste, serves to balance it nicely.

M: Heavy in weight, but there's a real good feel to this one -- fine bubbles give it an almost spritzy feel in the mouth, resulting in a nice clean, dry finish. Oddly enough, this seems to become even more pronounced as it warms.

D: Pretty good. For a pretty heavy offering, I didn't feel myself getting bogged down.

Photo of KodyBrannon
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. It poired a dark brown almost black color, with a white 1 finger head and minimal laceing.The aroma was of roasted malts with a hint of coffee. The overall taste was a strong malty flavor with a hint of roasted malt after taste. The mouthfeel of this beer is very watery and light. And the overall drinkability of this beer is decent. If I can buy a single, I would go that route, but personally wouldn't drink an entire 6-pack of this stuff. It's a decent beer that I would recomend somone to try, but I wouldn't make the effort to find this beer anywhere if it's not readily available in your area.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip.

Pours a chocolate brown with a nice head that leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is alcohol, vanilla, and some other spices I can't place.

Taste is some vanilla and cinnamon. A bit of heat from the alcohol and some hoppiness to balance it out.

Overall, a very nice winter beer. Seasonal spices and warming alcohol make this perfect for a cold winter night.

Photo of NitroGen
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 oz. Longneck Brown Bottle

A: Pours a maple syrup brown color with a finger of intense foam head that quickly lowers to a scant cover with lacing.

S: Sweet raisins and crisp hit of of roasted grains.

T: Brown sugar, raisins, feint roasted barley with just a hint of bitter hops at the end.

M: Very well balanced, subtle and smooth with a slight tinge of alcohol in the mouth at the end. A real treat that I enjoy.

D: This is one to remember and offer to guests not wanting a dark beer but will put a glow in there bellies! Glad I have more!

After typing this review I saw that the style is a 'winter warmer', and by gosh it certainly is!!
Anyone looking to try and cellar this I recommend as this was a 2006.

Old Jubilation from Avery Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 1,546 ratings.